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Sponsorship Applications

The Botswana government through Department of Tertiary Education and Financing provides sponsorships to students who meet certain cut off points from Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) or International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) or any other related high school qualification. The entry requirements to the sponsorship are normally advertised by DTEF in every academic year. Placement Division coordinates sponsorship award criteria, selects applicants and places them into reputable accredited institutions such as BA ISAGO University.

Currently sponsorship for students is administered in the following institutions:

  • Local Public and Private Tertiary institutions
  • Accredited external institutions (Regionally and Overseas)

Eligibility

New Students;
  • Botswana citizen who is NOT gainfully employed.
  • Applicants must be able to complete the programme of study before turning thirty five (35) years of age.
  • The cut-off point for Government sponsorship is 36 points for Secondary Education (NB-Kindly note that cut off points are determined as per sponsorship cycle).
  • Candidates who have upgraded their results must also have a minimum of 36 points.
  • Orphan & Vulnerable Children (OVC), Rural Area Children (RAC), Special Education Needs (SEN) with minimum cut off points of 31.- applicants under this category should be certified and registered with the Social Welfare Office. This is also likely to change depending on the cut points of that particular sponsorship cycle. 
Progression Students;
  • Progression consideration is based on recognition of prior learning.
  • Consideration for sponsorship is STRICTLY limited to the prioritized fields of study as per the sponsorship cycle.
 
Re-sponsorship Students; (NB – Target group is determined as per re-sponsorship cycle)
  • Students NOT currently under sponsorship
  • All outstanding modules/subjects should be completed within one (1) academic year at the most.
  • The students must not have previously benefited from re-sponsorship.
  • Some students would have been terminated due to poor academic performance but have sponsored themselves to pass all the failed modules/ subjects or have passed relevant year after change of course. These students must also satisfy the following conditions;
  • The student should have passed ALL outstanding modules.
  • Where the student changed courses, he/she must have sponsored themselves for the same number of years as he/she was sponsored by Government.
  • The student should submit a complete academic transcript.
  • A financial statement, which states that the student does not have any outstanding debts with the institution or a letter from institution stating that the student has no outstanding fees.

 

Points Matrix

 

POINTS

          GCE

GGSCE

 

SENIOR CERTIFICATE

IB

A-Level/HSC

AS

COSC

HIGCSE

IGSSE

BGCSE

LGCSE

NSC

HGG

SG

HLL

SL

12

A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

 

11

B

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

 

10

C

a

 

1

 

 

 

7

A

 

5

7

9

D

b

 

2

 

 

 

6

B

 

4

6

8

E

c

A

3

A*,A

A*,A

A*,A

5

C

A

3

5

7

 

d

B

 

B

B

B

4

D

B

2

4

6

0/S

e

C

4

C

C

C

3

E

C

 

3

5

 

 

D

 

D

D

D

2

 

D

 

2

4

 

 

E

 

E

E

E

 

 

E

 

 

0

 

 

 

 

F

F

 

 

 

F

 

 

In order to apply for sponsorship this service, applicants must follow the following steps:

    • Download and submit the Loan Application form along with all supporting documentation to the Department of Tertiary Financing located at Block 6, plot number 37893, Universal Estate, Sephatlhaphatlha Road.
    • Upon receipt of application, acknowledgement letter is issued to the applicant.
    • Placement officers will assess the application forms and supporting documents.
    • If successful, Applicant details will then be captured in Student Loan Management System (SLMS) and placement officer append signature as witness in the Loan Agreement.
    • Placement officer generates Sponsorship Letter from SLMS, which will be manually signed by Head of Division. 
  • Supporting documents required

When applying for the service please attach the following documents:

  • Admission letter clearly showing name of programme and its duration
  • A Certified copy of a valid National Identification card (Omang)
  • Certified copy of High School results/certificate or Statement Results
  • Affidavit of names in case where names are different between certificate and Omang
  • Social Inquiry Report from Social Workers in case of OVC applicant-those with less than 36 points
  • Confirmation Letter on social status in those less than 36 points
  • Confirmation Letter on RAC status in case of RAC applicant
  • Detailed Assessment Report from Special Education Department in case of SEN applicant

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